1990 Toyota Land Cruiser
We get to see plenty of neat Land Cruisers coming through the dealership doors, but this 1990 is special for so many reasons. It's got all the right equipment for an off-road enthusiast, including triple lockers, a gutty diesel engine, a manual gearbox, and factory PTO. It also looks stellar and is finished in a fresh coat of Toyota Desert Sand, and is accessorized with a mechanical winch, OEM rainguards, and an FRP top coated in new Raptor Bedliner. Aside from some minor dings and chips, the body is in good shape, and this truck looks ready to depart on a Safari! Recently serviced, this 4WD Land Cruiser would make for a killer trail rig, daily driver, or weekend cruiser. Offered with a mere 106k verified and documented miles, this tough, reliable, collectible, and determined HZJ73 is all business and a certified Japanese Classic if we have ever seen one!
The cabin is surprisingly spacious, and well equipped compared to the original design which debuted in 1984. Toyota was constantly improving the interior throughout the production cycle and this example includes electric windows, locks, and even a tilting steering column. Located in the center stack in a manual climate control system that blows cold A/C at the moment. The heat works well too, and these 70s make for wonderful winter steeds. The owner in Japan ditched the OEM radio for an upgraded Carrozzeria unit, and it works like a charm. The space within the cabin is more than you'd expect and that's likely due to the fact this isn't a short-wheelbase model. The headroom is something you'd expect in a cathedral, not an SUV, and the view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. The dashboard lacks any cracking or distortion and includes a sizable glovebox and a grab handle for your passenger. The seats are trimmed in a blue and gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are comfortable on long trips. The door cards and carpets look fine, however, we did want to note a half-dollar sized puncture in the headliner.
This truck has the driveline that everyone wants. Powered by a naturally aspirated six-cylinder diesel, this SUV is barely getting broken in at this mileage. The 1HZ is fresh off a recent oil and filter service and starts up promptly with a twist of the key. Two new 12v batteries help this thing to crank to life and will last for a few years to come. The 4.2L breathes better thanks to a new engine air filter and boasts a broad torque curve and a linear power delivery. The driver can select between 2WD and 4WD, and for inclement weather or loose surfaces, locking front, center, and rear differentials are ready for engagement. The hubs are also able to be locked from the cabin and this formidable Cruiser is nearly unstoppable. If you do get bogged down a mechanical winch and factory PTO are on hand to help pull you out. The suspension is compliant for daily use and the brakes feel confident. The factory alloys are all wrapped in new all-terrain Falkens at all four corners. They look killer and will provide tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip to come. We even replaced the spare too!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.